Receiving a conviction for a criminal offense can have a lasting impact on your life. You may already be thinking about how you can remove this crime from your record. Luckily, Kentucky allows for most offenses to be expunged from your record. However, Kentucky does not allow for all convictions to be removed from a criminal history. There is also a long waiting period and process to have a crime removed, but it is possible.
What convictions will Kentucky expunge from a record?
If you received a conviction for a misdemeanor, you could have the opportunity to apply for an expungement. You may need to wait at least five years after you completed your sentence to apply, though. If you were convicted of a DUI, you would need to wait at least ten years after you have finished your sentence.
For a felony conviction, you will have to abide by this same timeline. However, certain felonies are not eligible for expungement. Kentucky courts may remove some of the following felonies from a criminal record:
- First-degree drug possession
- Identity theft
- Third-degree burglary
- Forgery or falsification of medical records
- Stealing intellectual property
Kentucky does not erase all crimes that fall into the Class D felony category. Any violent felony convictions will most likely not be eligible for this privilege.
If you received a conviction for a misdemeanor or Class D felony and have completed your sentence, you could potentially have your crime removed from your criminal history. For additional guidance, reach out to a criminal defense attorney. They can help you apply for this process and gather any information needed.